David Westenberg joined WilmerHale in 1983 and since that time has represented both public and private companies on an array of corporate, securities, disclosure, governance and start-up matters spanning corporate law, securities regulation, venture financing, acquisitions or initial public offerings (IPO). Additionally, David provides advice to new start-ups within software, internet technology and information technology industries from inception through formation, venture financing to eventual acquisition or IPOs.
He is active in microbiology education and serves on the American Society for Microbiology’s (ASM) Scholars-in-Residence Program Committee, co-directing Missouri S&T’s Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers.
Early Life and Education
Westenberg earned his PhD in microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles and has also served as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Goettingen and Marburg, Germany. Additionally, he co-directs Missouri S&T’s Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers; furthermore he has experience teaching several topics ranging from chemistry to cell biology.
He is well-known for his passion and devotion to STEM topics and holds an impressive list of honors, such as Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor. Additionally, in 2019, he was one of 14 finalists for the Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award – an NCAA Division II student-athlete honor that recognizes faculty who provide support and guidance for student athletes.
Dave Westenberg is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor in Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Department of Biological Sciences. His research explores how microorganisms play an integral part in plant nutrition, bioremediation and biomaterials applications.
He is a fellow in the American Society of Microbiology and frequently invited as a presenter at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Additionally, he directs Missouri S&T’s Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers as well as teaching teacher workshops for BioBuilder Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive program.
David Westenberg is a partner at WilmerHale’s Corporate Practice Group and Capital Markets Group and author of “Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public.” In 2004, 2005 and 2016 his peers honored his professional achievements by selecting him for membership of Boston Super Lawyers 2004 through 2016.
Achievement and Honors
David Westenberg is honored with being selected as Missouri S&T’s Curators’s Distinguished Teaching Professor – an award bestowed upon faculty who have made an indelible mark on students through their teaching. It is an exceptional distinction and well deserved.
Westenberg has dedicated much of his career to both academic excellence and community involvement. He currently serves on the American Society for Microbiology K-12 outreach committee and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive Teaching Ambassador as well as numerous local, regional, and national organizations and activities focused on STEM education. Furthermore, he co-directs Missouri S&T’s Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for teachers while serving as faculty athletics representative over 10 years at Missouri S&T as well as being nominated as finalist for NCAA’s Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor award nominations.
David Westenberg, professor of biological sciences in Missouri S&T’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Business is among the inaugural recipients of the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Undergraduate Student Success award. Each year this honor recognizes faculty who have made substantial contributions towards students’ academic, professional or personal growth.
After joining Missouri S&T faculty in 1997, he has taught classes on molecular and cell biology, microbiology, virology and genetics. His students praise his instruction for helping them gain confidence and skills necessary to succeed as scientists; in addition he assists his students find service projects both on campus and locally as well as serving on many committees that focus on student success and mental wellbeing.
David Westenberg specializes in Capital Markets, Corporate Law and Securities & Corporate Finance. His clients in Massachusetts and nationwide entrust him with all manner of legal matters that involve mergers & acquisitions, securities law issues, corporate governance concerns and regulatory concerns. David was honored by his peers with Super Lawyer awards from 2004-2022; additionally, he serves as faculty member at University of Missouri where he received teaching awards as well as being co-advisor for their IGEM student organization focused on synthetic biology.
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